Valentine’s Day

It will just be another day with the guys out having fun and all that [:(]. All the pass 20 V Days have been spent either at home or with my friends. [:|]

I’m going to register on this coming V Day and make a new background image for my blog. [XD]

Here’s a portion of the conversation I had with my colleague on our way back to office from lunch yesterday:
Him: So how are you going to spend this coming Valentine’s Day?
Me: Stay at home as usual. Haha
Him: What you mean stay at home? Blah… Blah… Get a girlfriend… Blah…
Me: Don wan lah, it’s still early.
Him: What you mean still early?
Me: I’m still young.
Him: What you mean still young?
Me: I’m not mature enough yet.
Him: What you mean not mature enough?
Me: (I kept quiet hoping the conversation would die and it did.)

The new AthlonXP seems to be running fine. I hope the “burn-in” I did with prime95 has warmed up that little twit. My games are running more smoothly with the exception of Diablo2 which still lags at certain parts of the game. Everytime I climb the staircases behind Shenk the Overseer (Act 5 Quest 1), everything slows down a little. At least overall, it’s better than my older Athlon Thunderbird.

5pm: I had some spare time so I did a little flash for the top right corner of this blog. I don’t know what happened. It’s like all of a sudden, I know kung fu… nah. All of a sudden, I know how to use movie and graphic symbols. The concept just popped into my mind. Freaky… It was just like the other time at Nanyang Polytechnic, during my Final Year Project days. I had my lunch and was trying to take a nap while my partner and the other guys in the same lab were watching a Hongkong movie. All of a sudden, an idea popped into my mind for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON OR CAUSE and there, I was abusing the school’s high speed connection to send files to people at blistering speeds. [:D]

Sounds of the ceiling fans

Felt a sudden rush of nostalgia. I remembered my secondary school days where I slept in class. All I heard when I closed my eyes where the loud whirring sounds generated by the four ceiling fans and the voice of my teacher yapping away. Next thing I hear would be the loud ringing of the school bell which signals the time for recess.

Lethargically, I dragged myself to the toilet to wash my face. Then run down 4 storeys to the canteen as fast as I can cos the queue for the malay food stall would always be long. I would always ask for extra rice and their curry gravy is very delicious.

After a good tasty meal, I walk back to the foyer where most of my friends hang out. We would chat, laugh, fool around for the next 10 minutes till the bell rings again. We would slowly clamber up the staircase, chatting away and enjoying the breeze if there were any.

Back to class and back to sleep till the school bell rings again and home I go.

I miss the spiraling staircase I walked up and down for 4 years,
I miss the noise of busy students when it school ends,
I miss the warmth of the sun as I take the 15 minute walk back home,
I miss the sweaty feeling when I reach home.


Last Wednesday, I met up with 2 of my friends. Both around their thirties. One of them, who was my tuition teacher for math for my O levels and the other, Chemistry and Physics. We had dinner at Seoul Garden. It was my first experience there and it turned out to be just another buffet restaurant.

After dinner we went to my chemistry teacher’s home. The last time we met, he was living with his family. This time, alone! My mind went like “OH MY GOD, WHAT THE FUCK?!” [8|] . He’s living in a condo some more. [XD] . I became impressed at how nice and comfortable his home was. He painted the whole place alone himself. It had 2 rooms, one which had a comfortable sofabed and his computer, the other, the master bedroom. It had a good view since it’s located on the twelvth floor.

It was… a very motivational visit. [:)]

10.50PM: Went down to Orchard today, after work. Bought 2 volumes of Record of Lodoss War manga at Kinokuniya. Both are priced differently according to their thickness, which to me, is a very good thing. Also, volume 16 of ????. It’s a very funny manga, related to politics. Seems like my text editor can’t work with chinese text. Then, the February 2004 issue of Newtype USA. Later on, I paid Borders a visit and bought IdN. A design-related magazine. The full name is International designers Network. And a copy of PC Gamer, since I now own a very good graphic card. [XD]. But!! I spent a total of $74!! [X(]

The Field

There is this field opposite my secondary school. I used to lay on the grass there once before reporting for parade for Boys’ Brigade. Right now, the land has been dug up and an extravagant condominium has been built over it. Thinking back, it took 6-7 years for that condominium to finish. And I have been staying here in Ang Mo Kio, for about 10 years now.

Heh, I remember the cold quiet mornings where I walk across Bishan Park to school. I had a cassette walkman! And would either be listening to Marilyn Manson, The Offspring or Green Day. Bishan Park Secondary has changed a lot now. To the extent that it does not feel like I’ve studied there before. I believe the teachers that once taught me are no longer teaching there. Hope I can bump into them anywhere in future.

This sucks…

My first day of the Lunar New Year was spent whole day in bed. I was down for food poisoning. I kept vomitting and having diarrhoea. Couldn’t take it anymore so I phoned my mum to take me to a 24 hour clinic. The doctor’s consultation fees are $40 on Chinese New Year.[:(]. Together with the medicine, it’s a grand total of $61.

After taking the medicine, I slept for about 11 hours, despite having slept the whole day before. Feeling much better now. At least the headache and fever is gone. I looked at myself in the mirror and noticed I slimmed a bit. Haha. I didn’t eat a single grain of rice yesterday.

I assume the poisoning came from the arcade I went to. I doubt the shopkeeper ever clean his machines. After the arcade, I was eating snacks with my friend and I’m using my bare hands. He didn’t get any poisoning though. [X(]